What you'll learn
- Student will learn how to compose an icon of the Theotokos and Christ
- Students need to have completed at least the following:
- Series 1 Drawing the Face
- Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure
- Series 3 Garment Basics
- Series 4 Drawing the Full Figure Parts 1 and 3
- Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures
In Series 9 of the Byzantine Iconography Drawing Tutorials we will be putting together everything that we have learned in the previous series by learning how to compose icons. Everything in this series builds on what has been taught in the previous eight series of tutorials so it is important that students have completed the previous Series. In particular, they need to have completed the tutorials in Series 1 Drawing the Face, Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure, Series 3 Garment Basics, at least parts 1 and 3 of Series 3 drawing the Full Figure, Series 5 Drawing 3/4 Figures, Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures and Series 8 Drawing Mountains and Landscapes.
We will start off the Series by composing an icon of two figures (Theotokos and Christ) then a figure in a landscape setting (Prophet Elijah) and finally figures in a setting with buildings (the Annunciation).
In Part 1 of this Series we will start off learning how to compose an icon of the Theotokos Glykophilousa (Sweet Kissing). We will study various icons of this composition and see how rhythm is used in them. Then we will create our own composition of the Glykophilousa style icon. I will explain what I'm thinking as I create the basic structure and rhythm of the icon, before we move on and fill in all the details of the icon.
Required Materials: Pencil, paper and eraser
Who this course is for:
- Advanced students who have completed at least the first 7 Series of tutorials
Hello, I'm Julia. I'm a South African born byzantine iconographer with 16 years experience. I live and studied iconography in Greece with teachers including master iconographer George Kordis. I have also studied Theology and done post-graduate studies in Liturgics at the University of Athens.
So what are these iconography tutorials about? This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting and the iconographic tradition of the Church. In these tutorials you will be introduced to the Byzantine system of painting and given tools that will allow you create within the tradition of the Church.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is for iconographers to learn to draw before starting to paint. That is why with these tutorials we will start by building the foundation by learning how to draw before we progress to painting icons.
The tutorials have subtitles for the deaf.